The New Family?
Publication Year: 2004
Concern and debate over changes to family life have increased in the last decade, as a result of evolving employment patterns, shifting gender relations and more openness about sexual orientation. Most politicians and researchers have viewed these changes as harmful, suggesting that the family as an institution should not alter. The ‘New’ Family? challenges these dominant views. Leading academics in the field consider current diverse practices in families, and reveal the lack of balance between policies based on how families should be and how they actually are, illustrating the need for a broader definition of family.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: The ‘New’ Practices and Politics of Family Life
- Chapter 2: Risk and Family Practices: Accounting for Change and Fluidity in Family Life
- Chapter 3: Resourcing the Family: Gendered Claims and Obligations and Issues of Explanation
- Chapter 4: Transforming Housewifery: Dispositions, Practices and Technologies
- Chapter 5: A Passion for ‘Sameness’?: Sexuality and Gender Accountability
- Chapter 6: Everyday Experiments: Narratives of Non-Heterosexual Relationships
- Chapter 7: The ‘New’ Parenthood: Fathers and Mothers after Divorce
- Chapter 8: Generational Ties in the ‘New’ Family: Changing Contexts for Traditional Obligations
- Chapter 9: Brothers and Sisters, Uncles and Aunts: A Lateral Perspective on Caribbean Families
- Chapter 10: Reconsidering Children and Childhood: Sociological and Policy Perspectives
Chapter 1 © Elizabeth B. Silva and Carol Smart 1999
Chapter 2 © David H.J. Morgan 1999
Chapter 3 © Sarah Irwin 1999
Chapter 4 © Elizabeth B. Silva 1999
Chapter 5 © Gillian A. Dunne 1999
Chapter 6 © Jeffrey Weeks, Catherine Donovan and Brian Heaphy 1999
Chapter 7 © Carol Smart 1999
Chapter 8 © Joanna Bornat, Brian Dimmock, David Jones and Sheila Peace 1999
Chapter 9 © Mary Chamberlain 1999
Chapter 10 © Julia Brannen 1999
First published 1999. Reprinted 2001, 2002. 2004
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Joanna Bornat – Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Welfare, The Open University.
Julia Brannen – Professor in Sociology of the Family at the University of London and Senior Research Officer in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.
Mary Chamberlain – Professor of Modern Social History in the School of Humanities, Oxford Brookes University.
Brian Dimmock – Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Welfare, The Open University. Chair of the National Stepfamily Association.
Catherine Donovan – Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sunderland.
Gillian Dunne – Senior Research Fellow in the Gender Institute, London School of Economics.
Brian Heaphy – Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, South Bank University, London.
Sarah Irwin – Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.
David Jones – Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities, Buckinghamshire University College.
David Morgan – Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the University of Manchester.
Sheila Peace – Senior Lecturer and Sub-dean for Research in the School of Health and Social Welfare, The Open University.
Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva – Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.
[Page viii]Carol Smart – Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.
Jeffrey Weeks – Professor of Sociology and Dean of Humanities and Social Science, South Bank University, London.
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